In 1999 four of us converged on Lima to begin a transit of the Andes and Amazon to document human impact on the greatest boiodiversity hotspot on planet Earth. My son Heath and I (Chris) arrived together at night from California, Adam flew in from New Zealand shortly after and finally Jane arrived on a later flight from the US. We had quite a job managing to find one another in the crowded airport at night.
We stayed at the Hostal España a sentimental backpackers which at the time had rather empty rooms and halls full of classical and religious sculptures and paintings with a rooftop garden restaurant which was a pleasant place to hang out.
As luck would have it there was an old second hand version of the Peru Lonely Planet (we had only the South America version) on sale in the España book locker, which I decided to buy for $11, which proved pivotal in the entire journey. The Peru book included more detail and in particular a section on how to go down the Pongo de Manique by dugout canoe to enter the Ucayali via the Urubamba the river flowing through Cusco and Michu Picchu. This became out pivotal route after the Bolivia circuit.
Here are a series of images of central Lima in the area round the España.
We also visited the museum of the inquisition, which provided an additional vista on the tortured way Christianity imposed itself on the native American populations.
The españa was also only a short distance from some of the ghetto areas on the outskirts of town where there were markets and alleyways which gave an idea of the life of lower class Lima.